Texas A&M Football Recruiting

Fort Smith (AR) cornerback Dreyden Norwood commits to Texas A&M

July 10, 2020
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The momentum continues to build for Texas A&M’s 2021 recruiting class as one of the South’s top defensive backs announced he will spend his college days in Aggieland.

Fort Smith (AR) Northside cornerback Dreyden Norwood‍ is a long, lean 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. He is projected as a cornerback, but as one of the best athletes on his team he also played quarterback. Equipped with a 4.46 time in the 40, Norwood brings top-end speed along with his length, fluid hips and high football IQ.

Defensive backs coach TJ Rushing has led the Aggies’ recruiting efforts and helped A&M cover considerable ground over the last few months. In April, Norwood left the Aggies out of his top five of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Missouri and Notre Dame, but he continued to keep in touch with coach Rushing. He took his first virtual visit in late May and it was clear the Aggies and Rushing had made a move.

“I have narrowed it down, and I would put Texas A&M in my top 2 or 3,” Norwood told TexAgs following the visit.

In early July he took a second two virtual tour, and the visit was followed shortly by his decision.

He is the Aggies’ 12th commitment of the 2021 recruiting class, and he joins Deuce Harmon‍ and Tyreek Chappell‍ as cornerbacks in the class. His pledge also means the top prospect in Arkansas has committed to Texas A&M for the second year in a row. West Memphis offensive lineman Chris Morris signed with the Aggies in the 2020 class.

In addition to Texas A&M, Norwood also held offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Kansas, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU and Tennessee.

We’ll have more on Norwood’s committment soon on TexAgs Premium.

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Fort Smith (AR) cornerback Dreyden Norwood commits to Texas A&M

11,917 Views | 30 Replies | Last: 27 days ago by hogfan14
cageybee77
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Whoop!
nbaker2022
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Pretty sure Norwood was a silent to Arky at some point. This came out of nowhere, big get for Jimbo and Co.
Russ Dalrymple
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If Arkansas can't even keep the top kids in their own state from leaving, especially to a rival, they may never make it back...Which would not be a problem for me.
mjhhawk
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Awesome. I thought he was an Arkansas lock and didn't realize we were in the picture. Great get.
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RED III
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We need to continue to build our overall team speed. This is another step in the right direction.
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hogfan14
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Russ Dalrymple said:

If Arkansas can't even keep the top kids in their own state from leaving, especially to a rival, they may never make it back...Which would not be a problem for me.
If you go by 247 Terry Wells is the top player in Arkansas and he's committed to Arkansas.

Norwood's brother went to OU a few years ago so I guess it's not too surprising but definitely think Arkansas felt good about him up until a few weeks ago. Makes sense why we've been going harder after other DBs lately.
McDadeTXAggie
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Heck ya
Tamu_mgm
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Classic hog spin. Means we got a good one.
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Welcome to AGGIELAND Dreyden!
mcag83
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Most of his highlights on Hudl were of him at QB. He didn't have many passing highlights but he is very elusive as a running QB.
Like anyone can even know that.
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Tamu_mgm said:

Classic hog spin. Means we got a good one.


I'm pretty sure he's stating that Arkansas staff knew he was backing off them, so they started looking else where. He's not implying they no longer wanted the guy. That's what texags typically does
BAS65
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The TOS had him CB 100% to Arky for sometime. Makes me wonder how much stock to put into their CB prediction???
hogfan14
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McDadeTXAggie said:

Tamu_mgm said:

Classic hog spin. Means we got a good one.


I'm pretty sure he's stating that Arkansas staff knew he was backing off them, so they started looking else where. He's not implying they no longer wanted the guy. That's what texags typically does


Yeah we definitely wanted him. Apparently he was silently committed to Arkansas in February but never ended up going public with it so I guess something changed between then and now. I mentioned his brother who ended up at OU, for some reason Bielema never offered him so I could see the family not being too fond of Arkansas after that.
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West Point Aggie
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#ThanksChadMorris
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Not Texas def
war hymn aggie
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so with Norwood's commit, are we done at CB for 2021?
TAMU74
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Welcome aboard sir..
Meximan
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On Texags Radio the other day they mentioned 4 or 5 corners is where the class likely ends up.
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AggieGI
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Now that I am in the right thread, here is a scouting report I found on him...

https://cfbsaturdays.com/dreyden-norwood-scouting-report/
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Meh
AggieTFA06
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I always like good news like this.
To 1,000,000 touchdowns ...and beyond
TAM85
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Welcome and gig 'em!
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Tegrity123
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hogfan14 said:

Russ Dalrymple said:

If Arkansas can't even keep the top kids in their own state from leaving, especially to a rival, they may never make it back...Which would not be a problem for me.
If you go by 247 Terry Wells is the top player in Arkansas and he's committed to Arkansas.

Norwood's brother went to OU a few years ago so I guess it's not too surprising but definitely think Arkansas felt good about him up until a few weeks ago. Makes sense why we've been going harder after other DBs lately.

Lmao. Norwood is the ONLY player in Arkansas with more than a few Power-5 offers. He is far and away the best player in Arkansas. And the Norwood who went to OU years ago was a cousin. This kid's uncle & father went to Arkansas too.
hogfan14
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Tegrity123 said:

hogfan14 said:

Russ Dalrymple said:

If Arkansas can't even keep the top kids in their own state from leaving, especially to a rival, they may never make it back...Which would not be a problem for me.
If you go by 247 Terry Wells is the top player in Arkansas and he's committed to Arkansas.

Norwood's brother went to OU a few years ago so I guess it's not too surprising but definitely think Arkansas felt good about him up until a few weeks ago. Makes sense why we've been going harder after other DBs lately.

Lmao. Norwood is the ONLY player in Arkansas with more than a few Power-5 offers. He is far and away the best player in Arkansas. And the Norwood who went to OU years ago was a cousin. This kid's uncle & father went to Arkansas too.
Erin Outley is the 7th ranked player in Arkansas but has offers from FSU, Michigan, Penn State, LSU, Oregon, Tennessee, etc. Sometimes the ratings don't match up with the offers for whatever reason, especially in this cycle with all the uncertainty. Wells does have an offer from Miami but committed to Arkansas pretty early and might have told teams he wasn't going anywhere else.

It's all a guessing game. Norwood is a great athlete but probably needs a redshirt year to learn how to play CB.
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